Mattress magnate gives $6 Million to Sac State
November 13, 2017
• Will fund new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Dale Carlsen is founder of Sleep Train Mattress Centers
Sacramento State alumnus Dale Carlsen, founder of Sleep Train Mattress Centers, and his wife Katy, are giving $6 million to the university to support the Dale and Katy Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The Carlsen Center will span all disciplines within the university to forge alliances with students, faculty, and public and private organizations at the forefront of developing innovative leaders.
Mr. Carlsen, who graduated in 1984 with a degree in business administration, is CEO of Bunker Wilson LLC, a real estate investment company, and CEO of the Rocklin-based Ticket to Dream Foundation, a national 501c(3) nonprofit focusing on foster youth. He founded Sleep Train Mattress Centers in 1985, a year after graduating from Sacramento State. He sold the company in 2014 to Houston-based Mattress Firm.
Katy Carlsen, a Bay Area native and physician, is a medical consultant for California Children’s Services in Placer County, as well as a volunteer assistant clinical professor in the University of California, Davis, Department of Pediatrics. She co-chairs the foster care subcommittee for the Northern California chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.